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Saquon Barkley signs adjusted Franchise Tag agreement with the New York Giants


Saquon Barkley signs adjusted Franchise Tag agreement with the New York Giants

On Tuesday, July 25th, 2023 the sacred New York Giants superstar running back and overall team leader, Saquon Barkley, has finally signed his franchise tag with the New York Giants, but this franchise tender that Barkley agreed to sign was adjusted. Saquon is now conclusively back with his New York Giants teammates at their just beginning training camp.

By Saquon finally signing his contract for the upcoming 2023 - 2024 NFL season it must be music to ears of the New York Giants as Barkley was seriously threatening not only to not report to the New York Giants 2023 NFL training camp but possibly the entire 2023 - 2024 season of the National Football League.

Contract Details

This current deal that Saquon just inked is good for only 1 - year while Barkley was desperately seeking a long - term contract with the New York Giants. He ended up signing an adjusted franchise tag agreement worth up to approximately $10.1 million overall which is fully guaranteed, and up to $11 million in total with all of the incentives built into the new deal.

Saquon just signed a 1 - year contract worth around $10,091,000 with the New York Giants, including a $2 million signing bonus, $10,091,000 in total guaranteed money, and an average annual salary of $10,091,000 for the one year of his services. During the 2023 - 2024 NFL season, he will earn a base salary of $8,091,000 while carrying a salary cap hit of $10,091,000 as well as dead cap value of $10,091,000.

Contract Notes

The 2023 incentives for Saquon Barkley include $303,000 for each of the following on the field accomplishments:

  • 1,350 - Rushing Yards & Playoff Berth
  • 11 - Total Touchdowns & Playoff Berth
  • 65 - Receptions & Playoff Berth

The New York Giants Relationship with Saquon Barkley

The new contract does not include a "no franchise tag" clause, meaning the New York Giants can place the franchise tag on Saquon once again next year after this season ends. This is something Saquon as well as his agent were hoping to avoid but they did not.

Apparently, this was quite a concession by Barkley and his own personal camp to report on the first day of training camp for veterans after the shaky 2023 NFL offseason between him and the New York Giants. The 2 - time NFL Pro Bowl running back was already back in the building on Tuesday, July 25th, 2023 before 8 a. m. E. T, and he was reportedly ready to go (business as usual).

Showing up on the very 1st - day of the New York Giants training camp alongside his teammates reinforces the perception that Saquon really is a team - first - type football player who is both physically as well as mentally tough. This recent decision by Barkley will limit the questions and drama that would have definitely surrounded the New York Giants training camp if he did ultimately decide to hold out for the onset of the 2023 - 2024 NFL season.

Saquon mentioned during a recent appearance on the "The Money Matters" podcast that he may consider not playing at all this upcoming season of the National Football League amid his stalemate with the New York Giants over a new and well - deserved long - term deal. Barkley said at his AMPT football camp last month that not showing up for the start to the season would be "part of the conversation" if there was no long - term deal. Saquon will definitely be deserving of a long - term deal prior to the next season if he kills it again this year.

The New York Giants and Saquon did not agree to a deal before the NFL deadline for franchise tagged players to agree to long - term contracts (which just passed) meaning that he would have had to play this season under the $10.091 million franchise tender that the league correlates, but the rules do permit for players in a situation like Barkley’s who managed to negotiate an adjusted 1 - year contract. This present - day situation is a rarely - utilized option for NFL players and their current franchises.

The now 26 - year - old Saquon, did not sign the franchise tag tender this spring or even this summer, and he was not even allowed in the team facility as a result of the rules even after all he has done for the New York Giants over the course of the past 5 - NFL seasons. Barkley was not expected at training camp this summer if there was not a deal struck over the last week or so.

Saquon finished 4th in the entire NFL with a career - best 1,312 - rushing yards last year as he also rushed for a total of 10 - touchdowns, and he was tied for the New York Giants lead with 57 - receptions. Barkley has played in 60 - total career football games over his 5 - seasons since being the number 2 overall NFL draft pick back in 2018, when he was also named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award winner.

The New York Giants and Saquon had been working for over 9 - months in order to reach an agreement on a new long - term deal, but it was a bumpy road for the New York Giants to land arguable their best and most important player on their team roster.

NFL Career Statistics for Saquon Barkley

Throughout the course of Saquon’s illustrious and very impressive 5 - year career in the National Football League Barkley has accumulated a total of 4,249 - rushing yards, 29 - rushing touchdowns while averaging 4.5 - yards per carry. He has also managed to catch a total of 247 reception from out of the backfield while racking up 1,820 - receiving yards and 8 - receiving touchdown passes as well.

Barkley’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards

  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Winner (2018)
  • 2 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2018, 2022)
  • PFWA All - Rookie Team Selection (2018)
  • Paul Hornung Award Winner (2017)
  • Consensus All - American Selection (2017)
  • 2 - Time Graham - George Offensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2016, 2017)
  • 2 - Time Ameche - Dayne Running Back of the Year Award Winner (2016, 2017)
  • Rodgers - Dwight Return Specialist of the Year Award Winner (2017)
  • 2 - Time First - Team All - Big Ten Selection (2016, 2017)
  • Second - Team All - Big Ten Selection (2015)

NFL Records

  • Most Receptions by a Rookie Running Back in a Single NFL Season with 91 Catches


“Saquon Barkley signs adjusted franchise tag, joins Giants”, Jordan Raanan, espn.com, July 25, 2023.

“Saquon Barkley”, pro-football-reference.com, July 25, 2023.

“Saquon Barkley”, spotrac.com, July 25, 2023.